“I was going to win the Stanley Cup. With the Chicago Blackhawks. I remember thinking, Oh my God. What do I do with my hands?”
Scott Darling fought his way into the NHL and ended up winning a Stanley Cup with the Hawks. If you don’t know his background, the fact he even got there is a story in itself. The Lemont native grew up loving the Hawks, but alcohol and bad decisions derailed his hockey dream for several years. After a stint in rehab and almost (literally) 15 minor league teams later, he realized his dream in his hometown.
A couple months ago, he was traded to Carolina. He was going to be a free agent and had a chance to be a starter in the league, so the Hawks were able to get something in return before he hit the market.
Today, Darling penned a letter to the city of Chicago. His story is interesting, a bit crazy and inspirational. It’s worth a read when you get a chance.